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‘Refugees on Lesbos: one volunteer's story' with Bev Jackson 
Wednesday 15th June, 7pm
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‘Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics’ with Richard Seymour  
Saturday 18th June, 6.30pm
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‘Cut Out: Living without Welfare’ and ‘Island Story’ with Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor
Wednesday 22nd June, 7pm
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SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS
‘Looking for Trouble’ by Roque Dalton, and presented by John Green and Michal Boncza
Saturday 25th June, 4pm
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LONDON'S BURNING SEASON
6TH JULY - 17TH AUGUST

‘Class in 21st Century London’with Lisa McKenzie and Mike Savage
Wednesday 6th July, 7pm
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‘London Rent Strikes: Damnificados' with JJ Amaworo Wilson and housing activists
Thursday 7th July, 7pm
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‘A People’s History of the Woodcraft Folk’ with Phineas Harper and Annebella Pollen
Tuesday 19th July, 7pm
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‘Hackney Propaganda: Working Class Club Life and Politics in Hackney 1870 – 1900’ with Ken Worpole
Wednesday 20th July, 7pm
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‘The City: London and the Global Power of Finance’ with Tony Norfield
Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm
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‘An Unreliable Guide to London’ 
Wednesday 17th August, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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BOOK EVENT
‘Refugees on Lesbos: one volunteer's story"
with Bev Jackson
Wednesday 15th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Activist Bev Jackson will be at Housmans to present her book A Month with Starfish, which recounts her experiences volunteering in with the Starfish Foundation, a group that helps refugees arriving from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos. A Month with Starfish is a largely light hearted account of Bev’s trip to a kaleidoscopic world that provided her with a crash course in human possibilities and her own limitations.

“…a wonderful book. I read it in one go and was profoundly moved and educated too. It is a fresh, honest and compassionate insight into the life of a Lesvos volunteer” – Esther Freud

About the Author

Bev Jackson was a founding member of the UK Gay Liberation Front. She then moved to Amsterdam, where she raised two daughters, worked as a teacher and translator and now lives with her wife and two dogs.

BOOK EVENT
‘Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics’
with Richard Seymour  

Saturday 18th June, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans welcomes back writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour who will be presenting his new book Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics (Verso).

With a landslide in the first round, Jeremy Corbyn, an unassuming antiwar socialist, crushed the opposition, dealing a huge blow to the Blairite opposition. For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda—and for the first time in Labour’s history, it defines the leadership.

This book tells the story of how Corbyn’s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and a deep crisis in British democracy. It surveys the makeshift coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, and students who rallied to Corbyn.


It shows how a novel social media campaign turned the media’s “Project Fear” on its head, making a virtue of every accusation thrown at him. And finally it asks, with all the artillery that is still ranged against Corbyn, and given the crisis-ridden Labour Party that he has inherited, what it would mean for him to succeed.

Reviews

“Long after the Labour left was thought to be dead, Jeremy Corbyn's emergence has inspired millions. There is no one better positioned than Richard Seymour to take a look at his emergence and whether Corbyn can actually turn Labour into a force for radical change.”– Bhaskar Sunkara

“Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading.”- Gary Younge

“One of our most astute political analysts turns his attention to Corbyn, and the result is predictably essential: not just to make sense of how we got to this unlikely situation, but for his thoughts on what the left might do next” -China Miéville

“Seymour is an essential voice on the left, and this book is a necessary intervention, explaining this daunting political moment and bringing the focus back to strategy. Not so much a call to arms as a call to brains.” - Laurie Penny

About the Author

Richard Seymour is a writer, broadcaster and socialist, currently based in London. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the London Review of Book,Jacobin and many other publications.

BOOK LAUNCH
LEFT BOOK CLUB PRESENTS:
‘Cut Out: Living without Welfare’ and ‘Island Story’
with Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor
Wednesday 22nd June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are proud to welcome Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor for a discussion on politics and life in Britain and the impact of austerity.

Britain’s welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, that cornerstone is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences. The establishment paints pictures of so-called ‘benefit scroungers’; the disabled, the sickly and the old.

In Cut Out: Living Without Welfare (Left Book Blub/Pluto Press), Jeremy Seabrook speaks to people whose support from the state – for whatever reason – is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable. In turns disturbing, eye-opening, and ultimately humanistic, these accounts reveal the reality behind the headlines, and the true nature of British politics today.

J.D. Taylor, on the other hand, cycled all round Britain, interviewing and staying with strangers from all walks of life. Without a map and travelling with the most basic of gear, the journey revels in serendipity and schadenfreude.

Taylor’s book, Island Story (Repeater), weaves histories, experiences and ideas to tell another kind of story: one of rebellion and retail parks, migration and inertia, pessimism and disappearing ways of life, and a fiery, unrealised desire for collective belonging and power.

Reviews for Island Story

“In the spirit of Cobbett this is a beautifully written account of a journey around contemporary Britain which is both political and poetic - a rare combination.” -Anna Minton, author of Ground Control 

“If you want to know what Starkey, Fox, Bryson and Paxman miss, because they travel different roads, this book is for you.” - Danny Dorling

Review for Jeremy Seabrook

“For half a century, in one delicately textured study after another, Seabrook has established himself as perhaps Britain’s finest anatomist of class, deindustrialisation, migration and the spiritual consequences of neoliberalism.” - Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian
 
About the Authors

Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer who has written for the New StatesmanGuardianTime, and Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of many books, including Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain and The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh.

J.D. Taylor is a researcher and charity worker from South London.

SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS
POETRY EVENT AND BOOK LAUNCH

‘Looking for Trouble’
by Roque Dalton, and presented by John Green and Michal Boncza
Saturday 25th June, 4pm
Free Entry, downstairs in the Vaults
*Please note this event is being held downstairs in our Vaults, and is only accessible via a staircase.

Housmans is proud to welcome John Green and Michal Boncza, editors and translators of Looking for Trouble, a collection of poetry by the cult Latin American poet Roque Dalton.

An extraordinary poet of rebellion and humour, fierce militancy and painful tenderness, his work is still read alongside other guerrilla poets like Otto René Castillo, Javier Heraud, Ernesto Cardenal and Daisy Zamora.

Although his poetry has been widely published in Cuba, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia and the US, Looking for Trouble is the first time his work has been published in the UK.

About the Poet

Roque Dalton (1935–1975) is one of the best-known and best-loved poets of twentieth-century Latin America. A founder-member of the Committed Generation of Poets and a member of the Salvadorean Communist Party, Dalton was imprisoned in 1959 and sentenced to death for organising students and peasants against the local landowners. On the day of his execution his life was saved when the military dictatorship was overthrown in a coup. Dalton escaped death a second time in 1965 when the prison was hit by an earthquake.

He spent several years in exile in Mexico, Cuba and Czechoslovakia, publishing poetry, essays, fiction and biography and winning the 1969 Casa de las Américas poetry prize. In 1975 Dalton returned to El Salvador and joined the underground Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (the Revolutionary Army of the People). Accused by the ERP of being a CIA spy, Dalton was murdered four days before his fortieth birthday.

About the Translators and Editors

John Green was a documentary film maker for twenty years, covering social and political issues throughout the world for GDR television. His books include Engels: A Revolutionary Life, Ken Sprague: People’s Artist, Red Reporter and (with Bruni de la Motte) Stasi Hell or Workers’ Paradise: Socialism in the German Democratic Republic. Many of his translations included in His Hands Were Gentle: Selected Lyrics of Victor Jara (also published by Smokestack).

Michal Boncza was born in the UK, spent his childhood in Argentina and his youth in Poland where he studied architecture. He is a journalist, graphic designer and translator, specialising in translations from the Spanish. He currently works at the Morning Star newspaper. Together they edited and translated The Arrival of the Orchestra by the Venezuelan poet Gustavo Pereira (also published by Smokestack).

This event is part of a new series of fiction and poetry readings at Housmans called SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS.

BOOK EVENT
‘Class in 21st Century London’
with Lisa McKenzie and Mike Savage
Wednesday 6th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are delighted to welcome Lisa McKenzie and Mike Savage to discuss class structure in London in the 21st century. Lisa is part of the Great British Class Survey Team at the London School of Economics, headed by Professor Mike Savage, which recently published their findings in the book Social Class in the 21st Century (Penguin).

This book presents the ideas and facts behind a new conceptualization of class: a new British class system composed of seven classes that reflect the unequal distribution of three kinds of capital: economic (inequalities in income and wealth); social (the different kinds of people we know) and cultural (the ways in which our leisure and cultural preferences are exclusive).

The book looks beyond labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre. Our guests will be focussing on the ever-increasing contrast between elites and the precariat in the British capital.

This event is part of Housmans London’s Burning season.

Reviews

“Savage’s commitment to bringing out the nuances of class relationships, and the experiences of individuals in the class structure, makes this book invaluable.” Lynsey Hanley – The Guardian

“What the book highlights clearly is the dominance of London, of London’s universities and Oxbridge, and the growing importance of housing wealth.” Danny Dorling -THES

About the Author

Lisa McKenzie is a sociologist and research fellow with the Great British Class Survey Team at the London School of Economics. The author of Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain, she is also a political and social activist engaged with many local community protests and campaigns.

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.

BOOK EVENT
‘London Rent Strikes: Damnificados'
with JJ Amaworo Wilson and housing activists
Thursday 7th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Housmans are delighted to welcome JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados in conversation with activists from UCL Cut the Rent and Goldsmiths Cut the Rent campaigns for a conversation on housing activism and struggles in London.

Wilson’s novel Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, six hundred “damnificados”—vagabonds and misfits—take over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical “owners.”

This event is part of Housmans London’s Burning season.

Reviews

“Should be read by every politician and rich bastard and then force-fed to them—literally, page by page.”—Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of A Place to Stand

“Two-headed beasts, biblical floods, dragonflies to the rescue—magical realism threads through this authentic and compelling struggle of men and women—the damnificados—to make a home for themselves against all odds. Into this modern, urban, politically familiar landscape of the ‘have-nots’ versus the ‘haves,’ Amaworo Wilson introduces archetypes of hope and redemption that are also deeply familiar—true love, vision quests, the hero’s journey, even the remote possibility of a happy ending. These characters, this place, this dream will stay with you long after you’ve put this book down.”—Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger

“Only a rare and special talent can take contemporary realities—sad, joyful, infuriating, inspiring—and spin them into legend. In a narrative rich in danger, adventure, humor, romance, and risk, JJ Amaworo Wilson raises essential questions without succumbing to earnestness or didacticism.”—Diane Lefer, author of Confessions of a Carnivore

About the Participants

JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born, British-educated debut novelist. Based in the U.S., he has lived in 9 countries and visited 60. He is a prizewinning author of over 20 books about language and language learning. Damnificados is his first major fiction work. His short fiction has been published by Penguin, Johns Hopkins University Press, and myriad literary magazines in England and the U.S.

UCL Cut the Rent  and Goldsmiths Cut the Rent are campaigns demanding affordable living for university students in London.

BOOK LAUNCH
‘A People’s History of the Woodcraft Folk’
with Phineas Harper and Annebella Pollen
Tuesday 19th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Phineas Harper and Annebella Pollen discuss the history of the Woodcraft Folk, an egalitarian co-operative children and young people’s movement which originated in a back garden in south London!

The talk will be the launch of Harper's and Pollen's book, "A People's History of Woodcraft Folk", a review of the first nine decades of the co-operative children and young people's movement. Through objects and images, this book explores the history, values and evolution of this unique organisation in a chronological sweep of stories from hand-making tents and rescuing children from advancing Nazi troops, to campaigning against climate change.

This event is part of Housmans’ ‘London’s Burning’ season.

Reviews

“I think Woodcraft, and its related organisations, does a fantastic job of opening our minds to a better way of running things." -Jeremy Corbyn

About the Participants

Phineas Harper is an architecture critic and designer. He is Deputy Director of the Architecture Foundation and former Deputy Editor of the Architectural Review. He has written on design and society for Uncube, ArchDailyThe Architects' JournalMade and others. His first book, the Architecture Sketchbook was published by Laurence King and Magma.

Annebella Pollen is Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton, UK. Her publications include Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life (IB Tauris) and Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury).

BOOK TALK
‘Hackney Propaganda:
Working Class Club Life and Politics in Hackney 1870 – 1900’
with Ken Worpole
Wednesday 20th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Ken Worpole returns to Housmans to discuss the active working class political environment and club life in Hackney from the 1870s to the end of the century.

The years from 1870 to 1900 were growth years for socialist and trade union politics in Britain, following a period of thirty years of relative demoralisation and repression. The men and women of Hackney struggled to build the organisations and traditions for economic and political liberation from which our own local socialist and trade union movement has developed.

First published in 1980, the pamphlet Hackney Propaganda: Working Class Club Life and Politics in Hackney 1870–1900 is afacsimile reprint which tells precisely the story of the vibrant culture of working class club life and politics. The pamphlet provides details of club affiliations, names and addresses, lecture lists, poetry readings, outings, brass bands, bunfights and demonstrations, which made the borough ‘the most heretical…in the metropolis’.

By Barry Burke & Ken Worpole. £5

This event is part of Housmans’ ‘London's Burning’ season.

Reviews

“For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape.”- The Independent

About the Author

Ken Worpole is the author of many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. His principal interests concern the planning and design of new landscapes and public institutions, whether parks, playgrounds, libraries, townscape or urban green networks.

Ken is Emeritus Professor, Cities Institute London Metropolitan University, and has served on the UK government’s Urban Green Spaces Task Force, on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and as an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

BOOK TALK
‘The City: London and the Global Power of Finance’
with Tony Norfield
Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Join Tony Norfield, former analyst with 20 years experience in City banks and author of The City: London and the Global Power of Finance, at Housmans to discuss the City and the new economic imperialism.

How does the City of London exert such power on the global economy? The City is a key part of the mechanism by which economic power gets transferred to major companies. It handles 41% of all the world’s dealing in foreign exchange and nearly half of all interest rate derivative deals between banks and their clients. But while banks are at the centre of this network, they mainly act as the intermediaries for others. Big corporations are the drivers of these deals. They aim to boost their market power, especially through mergers and takeovers, and are helped by their access to financial markets.

Tony Norfield details, with shocking and insightful research, the role of the US dollar in global trading, the network of British linked tax havens, the flows of finance around the world and the system of power built upon financial securities. Samsung and Apple provide 40% of the world’s smartphones and just five companies produce half the world’s beer. Why do just fifty companies now have control of a large share of world economic production? How have we reached the point where this concentration of financial and economic power has accumulated in these few companies? And what does this say for the prospects of social and political change?

The City explains how this situation came about, examining the history of the world economy from the post-war period to the present day. If you imagine you don’t like “finance” but have no problem with the capitalist market system, think again: it turns out the two cannot be separated.

This event is part of Housman’s ‘London’s Burning’ season.

Reviews

“How many Marxists are at work in the dealing rooms of the City? Presumably they keep their heads well down. Tony Norfield is—or was—one. Twenty years a trader at the centre of the financial web, he has married the insights into the workings of the system he gained to a thorough Marxist understanding of political economy. The result is this fascinating book.”– Morning Star

“It is not every day you read a book about global finance by a banker who quotes Lenin approvingly on page two. Unlike many of those who produce Marxist critiques of financial capitalism, Norfield writes from a position of experience: he has worked in the belly of the beast, and the book is the better for it...In The City, he has done the research and pulled together the financial statistics that explain how the bloodsucking works.”– Brooke Masters, Financial Times

About the Author

For nearly twenty years, Tony Norfield worked in bank dealing rooms in the City of London. For ten years he was an Executive Director and the Global Head of FX Strategy in a major European bank, travelling to some forty countries on business, negotiating with finance ministries, central banks and major corporations. He was frequently quoted in the Financial TimesWall Street JournalGuardian and Telegraph, and on news services such as Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

BOOK EVENT
‘An Unreliable Guide to London’ 
Wednesday 17th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

An Unreliable Guide to London brings together 23 stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth and question reality. Stories of wind nymphs in South Clapham tube station, the horse sized swan at Brentford Ait, sleeping clinics in Islington and celebrations for St Margaret's Day of the Dead.

An Unreliable Guide to London is the perfect summer read for city dwellers up and down the country. With a list of contributors reflecting the multi-layered, complex social structures of the city, it is the guide to London, showing you everything that you never knew existed.

Features stories from M John Harrison, Yvvette Edwards, Chloe Aridjis, Nikesh Shukla, Courttia Newland, Juliet Jaques, Will Wiles, Irenosen Okojie, Paul Ewen, Noo Saro Wiwa, Salena Godden and many more.

 

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